Arsenal Transfer Rumours: 5 Players Who Could Leave Emirates This Summer
It has been seven years since Arsenal won the Premier League, last doing so in their unbeaten 2003-2004 season.
Manager Arsene Wenger has come under increasing pressure to win silverware, winning only the 2005 FA Cup since the last league triumph.
The upcoming 2011-2012 season might prove to be another tough one for the Gunners, however. With many players rumoured to be on the move during the summer transfer window, returning to the top of the table seems increasingly unlikely.
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Without doubt, Cesc Fabregas is the big name most likely to be leaving the Gunners this summer.
There have been rumours and reports for years of his desire to move back to his native Spain, with a move to Barcelona the most probable destination for the star midfielder.
It would be a big loss for Arsenal; Fabregas is a player whom they would find it difficult to replace. If he does leave—whether for Barcelona or somewhere else—his departure will make manager Arsene Wenger all the more desperate to hold on to his other players.
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Prime amongst the players Arsene Wenger would be keen to hold on to is French midfielder Samir Nasri.
That may be a little high for the 24-year-old, who is in the last year of his contract, but with Nasri reportedly keen to move to a more competitive club, a transfer is highly likely.
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Nicklas Bendtner, who has expressed disdain at the way he has–to his mind–been treated poorly by Arsenal, is another prime candidate for a transfer away from London.
While it has been reported he could be signed by other teams (including Besiktas), Bendtner could be on the move in other ways, with justarsenal.com reporting that Bendtner and Ignasi Miguel could be sent to Bolton in the Gary Cahill deal.
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If the two sides drive up the price for each other it might reach the stage where Arsene Wenger just cannot say no to a deal.
He is in the final year of his contract and as much as Arsenal want him to stay, they will know it is better to get something for him now than lose him for nothing in 12 months’ time.
Robin Van Persie
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It was reported a few months ago that Inter could be preparing to make a swoop for Arsenal frontman Robin van Persie.
If Jose Mourinho were still at the San Siro, this would seem more likely. However, Inter are still a team in transition and would be willing to pay above market value for the Dutchman.